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Michael Adams, 59, of Moore, OK, is a father of two who prefers living the simple life. But things got a bit more complicated after his heart attack. Little did he know, he’d experience sudden cardiac arrest just a week later while at work.

Local Father Survives Cardiac Arrest Thanks to INTEGRIS and LifeVest

Making this a Very Special Father’s Day

Michael Adams and WifeMichael Adams, 59, of Moore, OK, is a father of two who prefers living the simple life. But things got a bit more complicated after his heart attack. Little did he know, he’d experience sudden cardiac arrest just a week later while at work.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims the lives of 350,000 Americans each year[1], but Adams survived because he was prescribed the LifeVest wearable defibrillator.

One Sunday earlier this year, Michael sat in church with his wife, Donna. As his vision began to blur and he felt tightness in his chest, he asked Donna to drive him to the hospital. He later learned he had experienced a heart attack. After having stents placed to restore blood flow to his heart, Michael’s cardiologist, Ryan Norris, D.O., with INTEGRIS Cardiovascular Physicians in Oklahoma City, explained that the pumping function of his heart, known as “ejection fraction,” was severely weakened to 30 percent. A normal “ejection fraction” is 55-70 percent. This put Michael at risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest.

Wanting to ensure Adams was protected outside of the hospital, Norris prescribed the LifeVest wearable defibrillator and instructed he wear it under his clothes day and night, only taking it off for a short shower or bath.

LifeVest is prescribed for a wide range of patients, including those who recently suffered a heart attack or have a new diagnosis of heart failure. Adams’ wife, kids and Dr. Norris were adamant that he was protected with LifeVest. Understanding the risk and concern of his loved ones, he accepted his LifeVest and wore it faithfully.

“I want to be here for my family. I did what I had to do for them,” states Adams. “I have more life to live and more memories to make.”

Just one week later, Michael was talking with a co-worker at Atkins North America in Norman when his heart suddenly spiked into a rapid life-threatening rhythm, causing him to pass out. He recalls thinking, “hang on, I need a minute,” but he never had a chance to speak the words before he lost consciousness.

Within one minute, his LifeVest detected the dangerous heart rhythm and delivered a treatment shock that restored his heart’s normal rhythm and saved Adams’ life. He regained consciousness immediately after the treatment as his co-worker dialed 911. Adams was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance. He continued wearing his LifeVest in the hospital, where he received three additional treatments. He later received an implantable defibrillator for long-term protection.

Michael is focused now on making healthier choices and building his endurance to maybe someday run a 5K. “I’m just looking forward to getting back to my life,” he says. “And celebrating a Father’s Day I almost didn’t have. They’re all special, but this one will certainly have more meaning for sure.”

“Still having him with us means the world to me,” says Michael’s son, Travis Adams. “I live out of state, so I won’t physically be there for Father’s Day, but I certainly will be sending him my love. We’re very fortunate we had the outcome we did.”

Hailly Adams, Michael’s daughter, agrees. “I’m a total daddy’s girl and we were so worried we were going to lose him. We truly are blessed to get to celebrate another holiday with him – especially this one.”

Adams is grateful to Dr. Norris and LifeVest for saving his life. “There is no doubt in my mind, I would not have survived without my doctor or LifeVest. But I couldn’t have done any of this -without my wife by my side.”

About the LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator

  • LifeVest is the first wearable defibrillator. Unlike an ICD, the LifeVest is worn outside the body rather than implanted in the chest. It requires no bystander intervention. 
  • LifeVest continuously monitors the patient’s heart and, if a life-threatening heart rhythm is detected, the device delivers a treatment shock to restore normal heart rhythm.
  • The device alerts the patient prior to delivering a treatment shock, and thus allows a conscious patient to delay treatment.
  • LifeVest is prescribed for a wide range of patients, including those who recently suffered a heart attack or have a new diagnosis of heart failure. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.
  • The wearable defibrillator is recommended by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Heart Rhythm Society for prevention of sudden cardiac death: https://www.zoll.com/news-releases/2017/10/31/wcd-guidelines-published
  •  Fact Sheet: http://lifevest.zoll.com/news/fact-sheet
  • LifeVest Video: http://lifevest.zoll.com/news/lifevest-animation


[1] https://www.hrsonline.org/Patient-Resources/Heart-Diseases-Disorders/Sudden-Cardiac-Arrest-SCA